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christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stations Living Whole Without a Better Half is one of the few books on singlehood that doesn't offer a solution or a kind of "get married quick" scheme to solve the single "problem." Instead, Wendy Widder shows readers how to embrace singleness as an abundant life and a God-given gift, not as an unfortunate stage they should move past as quickly as possible. By examining the lives of biblical heroes such as Abraham, Moses, and Jacob, she reveals that trying to bargain with God to follow our plans and timing often keeps us from appreciating the opportunities he places in our path.

Author Wendy Widder has previously held positions as an elementary school teacher, church administrative assistant and singles ministry coordinator and publicity assistant at Kregel Publications. Widder has two published books, “A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily Ever After” and “Living Whole Without a Better Half.” She also co-authored the book, “The Forest and the Trees: Helping Teachers Integrate a Biblical Worldview Across the Curriculum.”

In her spare time, Wendy enjoys reading, writing and watching public television. "for LOVE of the WORD" Blog:

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stations What’s Next for the People of Earth? The Future According to God
by Phyllis Gordon: The world is struggling. Evil is on the rise. Right is becoming wrong, and wrong is becoming right. You may be asking yourself what will happen next. As things get worse, you may wonder if heaven and hell exist, and where you’ll go when you die. You hear talk about the end times, but what are they, really? What are the signs that the end times are coming? Will they happen soon? And, perhaps most importantly, how can you prepare for them?

Author Phyllis Gordon explores these questions and more in What’s Next for the People of Earth? The Future According to God. Divided into two parts, this study first presents the Bible’s book of Revelation in a manner that makes it easier to understand. The second part offers valuable information to help students further understand Satan, God, heaven, hell, and signs of the end times. It provides a timeline so that students may better know what to expect in the coming years and guides them toward asking Jesus into their lives.

As the world faces judgments and great battles to come, What’s Next for the People of Earth? takes us on a journey to discover God’s message to each of us.

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stationsThe Faithful Manager by Anthony E. Shaw brings the message of God's gifts for effective management to those who want to enjoy peak performance at work and at home. Anthony E. Shaw's first book, "The Faithful Manager", is a practical guide for using our God-given gifts in every aspect of our daily lives. Let's get started!

Using Your God Given Tools for Workplace Success!

About the author: Anthony E. Shaw is the founder and principal of Anthony E. Shaw Consultants, Inc., a human resources and management consultancy with clients in the finance, healthcare, education, retail, not-for-profit and manufacturing sectors. 

Anthony E. Shaw Consultants specializes in organizational development, leadership training, employer compliance issues, policy development, labor relations, benefits planning and administration, strategic human resources planning, and employee complaint resolution.  It represents employers’ interests before the National Labor Relations Board, New York State arbitrators, the Department of Labor, the US EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights, among other agencies.  For more information, please contact aeshaw55@aol.comand visit on LinkedIn.

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stationsThe First Rose of Summer by Eileen Parsons
At twenty-six, Paul Matthews has attained wealth, position, and popularity as a financial manager in one of New York's leading companies. His life of fast cars, expensive restaurants, and beautiful women is the envy of his peers and one he believes will keep him satisfied-until Brooke comes into his life. Brooke's beauty captures his attention the moment he sets eyes on her. Her intelligence, talent, and strong character cause him to consider what part she may play in his life. Her strong faith, however, reminds him of a past he has long tried to forget, one he rejected long ago and to which vowed never to return. When a series of high-risk financial decisions prove to be profitable for the company and their clients, Paul is promoted and given access to secrets within the company-illegal activity that could bring the company, its executives and stockholders to ruin. A wealthy and influential foreign business executive, Marcus Reed, befriends Paul and reveals to him the great power and success that can be his if he is willing to compromise his moral principles and accept these secrets as necessary business practices. Paul must decide whether he will continue his path of corruption in order to maintain his lavish lifestyle or listen to the voice within, the voice awakened by Brooke's faith, urging him to make the honorable choice-a choice that would cost him his wealth, position and perhaps even his life.

About the author: Eileen has had a passion for writing since her youth. She attended Augusta State University, majoring in Communications and Creative Writing. Since then, her work has appeared in the Good Newspaper in Syracuse, NY as well as various local Christian publications and newsletters. It has long been her desire to write stories and novels that would inspire Christians to move closer to the Lord and draw the unsaved into the Truth of Christ. Her first Christian fiction novel, "The First Rose of Summer," was published in December 2011 with WestBow Press, a Division of Thomas Nelson and is the recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Book Festival.

Eileen was born in Watertown, NY. Her father was in the Army, offering her a life of diversity and travel. She had the opportunity to see different parts of the world, traveling the East Coast of the United States as well as Germany. She spent most of her youth in Augusta, Georgia. She gave her life to Christ as a child and has continued to have a passion to serve Him. Her many experiences in life have increased her faith. She uses her travels and encounters as topics in many of her articles and stories. She currently lives in Orwell, NY with her husband, Eric and son Daniel.

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stationsFields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper
In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops.
Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? Based on a true story.

About the author: Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of "The Road to Deer Run," "The Promise of Deer Run" and "The Legacy of Deer Run." Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. Elaine is a contributing writer to "Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home" by Edie Melson, and "I Choose You," a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at, and Visit her website at:

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stationsA Life Worth Rebuilding by Dr. Damone Paul Johnson
Famous walls mark the human experience: the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Even our poetry reflects the nature of walls. Robert Frost wrote with great pathos of two neighbors in "Mending Walls." Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem 2400 years ago. From that ancient place that belonged to the world of then we have in this book a message for now. Your life can be rebuilt as surely as the wall Nehemiah built. Find timeless principles here for A Life Worth Rebuilding.

About the author: The Reverend Dr. Damone Paul Johnson is the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church of Albany, New York. Dr. Johnson broadcasts his uplifting sermons weekly on the “Fresh Bread” Christian radio program and on local television.

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stationsThe Fall of My Life by Robert Cantrall
In the summer of 2008, Robert Cantrall was living happily in a nice house with a successful job and thriving family. Eight months later, he was immersed in bankruptcy, foreclosure, unemployment and divorce. Cantrall demonstrates how he overcame several hardships and made his life the best it has ever been in his new book, "The Fall of My Life."

The book follows Cantrall as he embarked on his job search and ultimately found a new way of living and looking at life. "I was fortunate enough to be completely impacted by the 2008 downturn," Cantrall said. "I thought I was heading out to find a new job, but I was really starting a life changing journey of self reflection and growth." In the book, Cantrall tells his story while tackling the important repercussions from long-term unemployment, such as depression, job searching, and relationship issues. Ultimately, Cantrall found that pervasive fear was hindering not only his unemployment but also his transformation into a complete man. "If there's one thing my life has taught me, it's that no one escapes challenges," Cantrall said. "This book helps readers through inevitable misfortunes with the resources I discovered along the way."

About the author: Robert Cantrall has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years. He has worked an additional 15 years in eight other industries for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Throughout his career, Bob has lost his job nine times including when WaMu failed in 2008. A native of Oregon, Bob currently resides in Seattle.